July 8 2013 Hispanic Culture Newsletter
The People of Guatemala
Guatemala’s intermingling of native traditions and Spanish customs gives this nation a unique and vibrant cultural life. There is a vast population of descendants of the indigenous people, who has managed to keep their traditions, language, arts and crafts alive for over a thousand years.
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Efraín Ríos Mont On May 10, 2013 this former Dictator was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity, for the massacre of thousands of Mayan people during the bloody 36 year civil war (1960-1996).
Rigoberta Menchú Tum is an indigenous Guatemalan woman who has dedicated her life to publicizing the plight of Guatemala's indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War and to promoting indigenous rights in the country. She received the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize and Prince of Asturias Award in 1998. She is the subject of the testimonial biography I, Rigoberta Menchú and the author of the autobiographical work, Crossing Borders.
Miguel Angel Asturias, Nobel Prize winner for Literature, was a Guatemalan poet, novelist, playwright, journalist and diplomat. Asturias helped launch Latin American literature's input into mainstream Western culture, and brought attention to the importance of indigenous cultures of Latin America. He introduced many features of modernist style into Latin American letters. He is a key forerunner of the Latin American Boom of the 1960s and 1970s.
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